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    Va44, Va47 c:dix viola bow, Dictum, Germany

    $ 233.00
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    Va50 Carbondix*** Viola Dictum, Germany

    $ 298.00

    Developed by the Dictum company, previously known as Gunther Dick, these well-made carbon-fibre rayon bows have a strong, stiff stick which, nonetheless gives both flexibility and subtlety. The finish is very good and the value for money excellent.

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    C408 Unstamped viola bow, European, late nineteenth century

    $ 1,295.00

    This unstamped, round, European viola bow has silver mounts and a hybrid version of the
    Vuillaume” frog, giving it good stability at the handle. Extensively restored in our bow workshop, the bow has a good blend of playing characteristics, combining steadiness in fast legato passages, precise articulation and an excellent spiccato. It is priced remarkably well for a silver-mounted bow.

    Start sale price: $1295.00

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    S389 Otto Adler viola bow, Mittenwald, Germany, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 2,750.00

    The Otto Adler bow-making workshop was based in Mittenwald, the famous Sourthern German centre of violin making until Adler’s death in 1945. This octagonal, pernambuco viola bow has silver mounts and a solid, square-backed ebony frog in good condition. At just under 67 grams, the bow is relatively light for a viola bow and would perhaps suit a player with a smaller instrument. The playing characteristics are good, with a clean, smooth action.

    Start sale price: $2,750.00

    Bow weight: 66.9 grams

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    S436 Viola bow Laberte, Mirecourt, France, late nineteenth century

    $ 2,900.00

    The Laberte workshops were established in Mirecourt, the violin-making town in the Vorges area of France, in 1780, and for many decades dominated the instrument-making life of this craftsman’s town. This strong and skillfully-made viola bow, with its rounded stick of selected pernambuco, its square backed frog, and its silver mounts, is in excellent original condition, with an unusual and elegant bi-coloured lapping. It has a well-controlled sautelé close to the balance point, and sits steadily on the string in legato passages to pull a full, warm tone.

     

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    S406 Richard Grünke, Bubenreuth, Germany, mid-twentieth century

    $ 5,000.00

    Richard Grünke is one of Germany’s most prestigious modern bow makers. After training with Edwin Hermann and the H.R. Pfretzschner workshop, he joined the Roderick Paesold workshops, where he was their master bow maker for over twenty years. This fine, silver-mounted viola bow, made during that period, is stamped with Grünke’s name; the frog also bears the shield symbol containing his initials which he used at that time. The strong, octagonal stick is made from selected pernambuco, and is both steady and responsive. This bow would suit a professional player or advanced student planning for a career as a viola player.

     

    Start sale price: $5,000.00

     

    Bow weight: 67.1 grams

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    S312 “Beare” London, late twentieth century

    $ 6,000.00

    This fine viola bow was made by Tim Baker, the last bow maker to be trained and employed by W.E. Hill and Sons. Baker then joined the workshop staff at J. and A. Beare in 1984, where he focussed on bow making, bow restoration and the study of old bows. The influence of the great nineteenth century French bow makers, particularly Peccatte, is visible in this bow: an elongated octagonal section extends forward into the otherwise round stick and the head is carved in a clear, somewhat angular style. At 71.4 grams, the bow is of moderate weight, with a smooth but responsive playing action.

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